Latte Love: A Latte Art Workshop at SM Prestige

A passion for coffee is one thing my entire family have in common.  Every morning, my brother would grind coffee beans through our Krups coffee grinder and brew them through our Krups coffee maker.  So when we received an invite from Krups Philippines to attend the 4th Latte Love: A Latte Art Workshop. Unlike the prior workshops, the invite is for couples so I immediately signed us, Tsinoy Foodies, for it.

Latte Love
Latte Love is a workshop that seeks to inspire ordinary coffee drinkers like us to learn how to make latte art similar to those performed by our favorite coffee shops.  They want to show us that it can be done at our own households.  All we need is Krups Espresso Makers, Milk, Chocolate Syrup and Imagination.

The Latte Love workshops are conducted by Mr. Mike Canlas, a Professional Barista Instructor from the Philippine Barista and Coffee Academy and two Barista Competition Champions, Miko Simangan and Kevin Fortu from Lyceum of the Philippines.

As soon as the emcee introduced Mike Canlas, he familiarized the us with the components of  Latte Art.  They then proceeded in displaying to us their Latte Art samples.  

There were cups and cups of fascinating Latte Arts.

While the baristas were busy, the emcee raffled T-shirts to the audience.

The first batch of participants had their workshop session wherein they each had a barita instructor to guide them through.  Mike Canlas and the judges overlooks and inspects the  Latte Artworks of the contestants.  While they were competing, Kurt and I were focused on the TV screen trying to gain more  Latte Art ideas.

Latte Art First Batch Winners
The mother and son tandem won because they produced three cups of beautiful Latte Arts.  Congratulations to them! 

During the intermission, we were given samples of Folgers vanilla coffee.  We didn't like the way it was prepared.  It was too sweet for our taste.

After the break, Mike Canlas taught us how to make appetizing coffee concoctions like the Iced Coffee Mocha, Cookies and Cream Frappucino, Orange Frappucino and Peanut Butter Frappucino.  

Iced Coffee Mocha and Cookies and Cream Frappucino
As the baristas were preparing for the second session of participants, they again gave away a number of prizes.


Finally, it was our turn to try Latte Art.  Overlooking at the tables beside us, they were all quick to move and their works were really good.  Our barista instructor was slowly but surely teaching us step-by-step.  He also explained that only an espresso maker produces the foam which is needed for  Latte Art.  I guess we need to upgrade our Krups coffee maker for a Krups espresso maker soon.  We didn't mind losing to duo on the next table who made an amazing Mickey Mouse  Latte Art .  We all applaud as they were awarded their prize.

Krups Philippines was also raffled a Krups toaster.  Everyone was crossing their fingers for it.  The lucky winner of the toaster is also the winner of the first batch.  That's double congratulations for them!

They also announced that SM Appliance Center and SM Homeworld will be having a 10% off on all Krups items from February 10-29, 2012 except the models XP2240, XP5220 which comes with a FREE F203 Coffee Mill and EA8025 which comes with a FREE XL2000 Automatic Milk Frother. 

We would like to thank the sponsors Meadow Fresh, Jif, Folgers and Krups Philippines for the Latte Love: A Latte Art Workshop.

Thank you Krups Philippines for the invite!
Latte Love: A Latte Art Workshop was a fruitful workshop for the us, Tsinoy Foodies.  We learned a lot.  While watching the demonstration, Latte Art looked really difficult to do.  But as we were instructed step-by-step during the session, we found it amazing that we each got to create our own Latte Art.  With enough practice, we are both confident that we can make attractive  Latte Arts.

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